November 2014 Election Endorsements

The California Democratic Party has published recommendations and endorsements for the November election. The complete list can be found here with links to the various candidates websites. Below is a summary of the Party's recommendations for the November Election offices and ballot initiatives applicable to Mariposa County.

Endorsed Candidates

Governor: Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown 
Treasurer: John Chiang

Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom
Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

Attorney General: Kamala D. Harris

Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones 

Controller: Betty Yee
Supt. of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson 

Board of Equalization District 1: Chris R. Parker
Ballot Initiatives
Yes on Proposition 1 
WATER QUALITY, SUPPLY, AND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2014 (CALIFORNIA WATER BOND) -- Provides a reliable supply of water to farms, businesses and communities, especially during droughts. It supports economic growth and protects the environment. It is fiscally responsible, is guided by a comprehensive state water plan and does NOT raise taxes.
Yes on Proposition 2
STATE BUDGET. RAINY DAY FUND. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT -- Requires annual transfer of state general fund revenues to budget stabilization account. Requires half the revenues be used to repay state debts. Limits use of remaining funds to emergencies or budget deficits. Fiscal Impact: Long-term state savings from faster payment of existing debts. Different levels of state budget reserves, depending on economy and decisions by elected officials. Smaller local reserves for some school districts  
Yes on Proposition 45 
APPROVAL OF HEALTHCARE INSURANCE CHANGES. INITIATIVE -- Requires health insurance rate changes to be approved by Insurance Commissioner before taking effect. Requires sworn statement by health insurer as to accuracy of information submitted to Insurance Commissioner to justify rate changes. 
Neutral on Proposition 46 
DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING OF DOCTORS. MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE. INITIATIVE --Requires drug and alcohol testing of doctors and reporting of positive test to the California Medical Board. Requires Board to suspend doctor pending investigation of positive test and take disciplinary action if doctor was impaired while on duty. Requires doctors to report any other doctor suspected of drug or alcohol impairment or medical negligence. Requires health care practitioners to consult state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances. Increases $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical negligence lawsuits to account for inflation. 
Yes on Proposition 47 
CRIMINAL SENTENCES. MISDEMEANOR PENALTIES. INITIATIVE STATUTE. -- Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging/writing bad checks when value or amount involved is $950 or less. Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for certain drug possession offenses. Allows felony sentence for these offenses if person has previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation or is a registered sex offender. Requires resentencing for persons serving felony sentences for these offenses unless court finds unreasonable public safety risk. 
Yes on Proposition 48 
INDIAN GAMING COMPACTS REFERENDUM --  This is a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The law ratifies two gaming compacts (with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and the Wiyot Tribe); and it exempts execution of the compacts, certain projects, and intergovernmental agreements from the California Environmental Quality Act. A Support position (Yes vote) supports the law, an Oppose position (No vote) backs the Referendum.